By Jane Austen
A perfectly pleasing coming-of-age tale, Northanger Abbey is frequently often called Jane Austen’s Gothic parody. Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers provide the tale an uncanny air, yet one with a decidedly satirical twist.
The story’s not going heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably blameless seventeen-year-old lady from a rustic parsonage. whereas spending a number of weeks in tub with a kinfolk pal, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invitations her to go to his kinfolk property, Northanger Abbey. as soon as there, Catherine, a good reader of Gothic thrillers, shall we the shadowy surroundings of the previous mansion fill her brain with poor suspicions. what's the secret surrounding the demise of Henry’s mom? Is the family members concealing a negative mystery in the based rooms of the Abbey? Can she belief Henry, or is he a part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine reveals dreadful portents within the so much prosaic occasions, until eventually Henry persuades her to work out the peril in complicated existence with art.
Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the main lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, but at its middle this pleasant novel is a significant, unsentimental observation on love and marriage.
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England de clares war on France. Two of Austen舗s brothers, Francis (1774-1865) and Charles (1779-1852), serve in theRoyal Navy, but life in the countryside at Steventon re mains relatively tranquil. 1795 Austen begins her first novel, 舠Elinor and Marianne,舡 written as letters (this early version is now lost); she will later revise the material as Sense and Sensibility. John Keats is born. 1796- 1797 Austen drafts a second novel, 舠First Impressions,舡 which was also never published; it will later be rewritten as Pride and Prejudice.
No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter. 舡 (page 99) A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing any thing, should conceal it as well as she can. (page 104) Š From politics, it was an easy step to silence. (page 105) 舠Miss Morland, no one can think more highly of the understanding of women than I do. 舡 (page 130) Š 舠You must be aware that when a young lady is (by whatever means) introduced into a dwelling of this kind, she is always lodged apart from the rest of the family.
But James舗s parents are relieved when the engagement collapses, because, as Catherine舗s mother explains to her in the most precise terms (p. 222), Isabella Thorpe has no money. The same argument舒poor people are not suitable as mates舒almost destroys Catherine舗s chances of marrying Henry Tilney. Only because his daughter marries into the nobility (a viscount), does General Tilney allow his second son (who will not, because of the laws of primogeniture, inherit his estates) to marry the daughter of a country parson with ten children.
Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen